Sabaot language

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Native to Kenya/Uganda
Region Mount Elgon
Ethnicity Sabaot people/Sebei people
Native speakers
240,000 (2009 census)[1]
Bong’omeek (Bong’om)
Koony (Kony)
Book (Pok)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 spy
Glottolog saba1262[2]

Sabaot The Sabaot tribe is one of the nine sub-tribes of the Kalenjin tribe. The other eight tribes are: Sengwer, Tugen, Terik, Keiyo, Kipsigis, Pokot, Marakwet and Nandi who live in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. According to Sabaots website [1], the Sabaots are the authentic Kalenjin tribe commonly referred as "Kapkugo" by the other Kalenjin sub-tribes.The Sabaots live around Mt. Elgon in both Kenya and Uganda. The hills of their homeland gradually rise from an elevation of 5,000 to 14,000 feet. The area is criss-crossed by mountain streams and spectacular waterfalls. Mount Elgon is an extinct volcano about 50 miles in diameter. The Kenya-Uganda border goes straight through the mountain-top, cutting the Sabaot homeland into two halves.[citation needed]The dialects of sabaot are The Pok, Somek, Mosop, Kony, Bong'omek and Sabiny(Sebei)


Typical of Nilotic languages, Sabaot uses ATR to express some morphological operations:

Morphemes: ka-a-mnyaan-aa-tɛ-ATR
Translation: "I went being sick (but I am not sick now)."
Morphemes: ka-a-mnyaan-aa-tɛ
Gloss: PAST-1SG-be.sick-STAT-DIR
Translation: "I became sick while going away (and I'm still sick)."[3]


Sabaot SIDO Website:[4]

  1. ^ Sabaot at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Sabaot". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Payne, Thomas E. (1997). Describing morphosyntax: A guide for field linguists. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 29
  4. ^